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The emotional lives of mice


Cartoonists have captivated generations by humanising mice, from the enigmatic Mickey Mouse and charming Stuart Little to the smooth-talking Speedy Gonzales and wily Jerry, who continually outsmarts Tom, the dumb housecat. Turns out, they might have been onto something – at least when it comes to the little critters having emotions – according to research published in the journal Science. Back in 1872, Charles Darwin proposed that the universal, innate and communicative emotions of animals and humans can be best understood through facial expressions. Humans clearly use the same expressions to convey emotion. For instance, disgust makes us wrinkle our nose, narrow our eyes and distort our upper lip; if we're happy we smile and if something makes us sad our lips droop down at the edges.

Emotional arcs for inaugural addresses


Inaugural addresses come in different flavors, with different messages and purpose. Periscopic passed video of the ten most recent speeches through the Microsoft Emotion API to estimate emotion from each speaker's facial expressions. Then they used a feather metaphor to visualize the results. Shown here in the form of collected emotion arcs, each "feather" represents an inaugural address. Each barb of the feather is a moment during the speech where the president displayed an emotion -- positive emotions are drawn above the quill, negative emotions below.

Emotional Intelligence Needs a Rewrite - Issue 51: Limits


You've probably met people who are experts at mastering their emotions and understanding the emotions of others. When all hell breaks loose, somehow these individuals remain calm. They know what to say and do when their boss is moody or their lover is upset. It's no wonder that emotional intelligence was heralded as the next big thing in business success, potentially more important than IQ, when Daniel Goleman's bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence, arrived in 1995. After all, whom would you rather work with--someone who can identify and respond to your feelings, or someone who has no clue? Whom would you rather date?

What Makes Automatic Emotion Detection So Powerful?


The one and only reason why businesses are turning to automatic emotion detection is you! Emotion sensing technologies are expanding exponentially. Market researchers estimate the Emotion Detection & Recognition (EDR) business to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.20–39.9%, One of the most common ways to automatically recognize emotions is via facial detection in photos and videos. The list of softwares or APIs that allow you to do that keeps on getting longer.

Goats can sense subtle emotional changes in vocal calls of others

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Goats can detect subtle emotional changes in the calls of other goats when they're getting upset, a new study suggests. Researchers led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) measured behavioural and physiological changes in goats. They found that when the emotion of a call changed, the likeliness of the goats to look towards the source of the sound increased. This suggests that they can distinguish the emotional content of calls of another goat, experts say. Scientists say the discovery has important implications for how domestic animals, particularly livestock species, are cared for.